October 12, 2011 15:53

Television Personalities' Dan Treacy 'critically ill' and in hospital

Cult frontman currently in intensive care and being treated in London

Television Personalities' Dan Treacy 'critically ill' and in hospital

Photo: Alison Wonderland

Television Personalities frontman Dan Treacy is critically ill and receiving treatment in hospital, NME has been told.

The cult singer-songwriter – whose first full-length Television Personalities album 'And Don't The Kids Just Love It' was released in 1980 – is currently receiving treatment in intensive care after undergoing major surgery to remove a blood clot to his brain, and has been in an induced coma for the last 48 hours.

At present, it is unclear as how Treacy sustained the injury, but a police investigation is reportedly underway.

A statement released by Television Personalities members TexasBob Juarez, Mike Stone and Arnau Obiols said:

The band is very much concerned for our dear friend and Brother Daniel at this time, and we are all praying for a recovery.



Treacy – who has been the only constant member of Television Personalities since their inception three decades ago – hinted in a post on his blog in 2009 that he was considering quitting music, but in 2010 the band released their most recent studio album 'A Memory Is Better Than Nothing'.

He was also namechecked by MGMT on their 2010 album 'Congratulations', with the band's Andrew VanWyngarden paying tribute to Treacy by claiming Television Personalities had "made some of the best music of the last 30 years."


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